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Teen Dies in Tragic Crash with Large Truck in Randolph County, North Carolina


January 15, 2020

RANDLEMAN, NC- Wnct.com writes that a teenager died in a tragic accident involving a truck in Greensboro last week. The victim, who was from Greensboro, was on Interstate 73, where his box truck had run out of gas. The teen pulled his vehicle to the side of the roadway and was attempting to fill the gas tank.*

A man operating a 2009 Volvo semi-truck veered onto the righthand shoulder of the roadway and struck the victim. There were three others traveling in the truck with the victim, but no one else sustained injuries in the crash. 

Reports indicate that the victim died at the scene of the collision. Police have not yet filed charges in relation to the accident, but the investigation is ongoing, and officers are requesting that anyone with information on the incident report to the State Highway Patrol.

The tragedy highlights the dangers involved in stopping a vehicle on a highway. The shoulders of these roads are there for emergency situations, but they are not a safe place for people to pull over and should only be used as a last resort. Vehicles often veer onto the shoulder, and in many cases, these lanes are narrow and individuals who exit their vehicles in such locations often put themselves in harm’s way. Staying inside the vehicle and buckled will provide some protection in the event of an accident. Only stop in these situations if the car will not move or if you are suffering a medical emergency. Once pulled over, stay in the vehicle and contact emergency services. If exiting the vehicle is absolutely necessary, then do not do so on the side closest to traffic. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.wnct.com/news/greensboro-teen-killed-in-crash-with-tractor-trailer-troopers-say/ and https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/new-london/state-police-dont-stop-on-highway-shoulders-if-you-can-avoid-it/

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